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January 31, 2022 5:10 PM

What to do if you think you have COVID-19

The following message was sent to all Conestoga students on January 28 on behalf of the Office of the Registrar.

This notice is to help Conestoga College students understand what to do if they think they have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19. A reminder anyone visiting campus must complete the COVID-19 Screening Questions on the Conestoga Mobile Safety App each day they visit campus.

If you believe that you may have been exposed or you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please take this self-assessment on the provincial website. The self-assessment will tell you whether you need to isolate or seek testing.

If your self-assessment says you need to self-isolate or get tested for COVID-19, please see instructions for self-isolation, contact tracing and next steps on the provincial website. PCR testing is now only available to high-risk individuals who are symptomatic or who are at risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Before seeking out a COVID-19 test, please confirm if you are eligible for a PCR test per Ontario Government guidance.

If you think you will miss classes, due dates or assessments due to COVID:

  • Please inform your professors of your absence and contact your program coordinator about any extended absence.
  • Record any absences in the Absences tab in Student Portal.
  • If you are experiencing challenges in addition to the health impacts of COVID-19, please connect with a Student Success Advisor to help navigate what next steps may be available to support your academic success.

You may need to tell the college if you believe you have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19

Please contact to report positive test results if you have been on campus the two days prior to receiving the positive test. Reference the COVID-19 protocols on campus for questions about positive test results, exposure, isolation, and monitoring symptoms.

Vaccine appointments are available at the Kitchener - Doon campus Medical Care Clinic

Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself against severe disease, for those with healthy immune systems. Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine provide more protection from getting and transmitting the Omicron variant than two doses. All Ontarians over 18 years of age are eligible for a third booster dose 84 days after their second dose.

Conestoga students can book first, second and third (booster) doses through Student Health & Wellness Service’s Medical Care Clinic. You can also use Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine booking tool to find vaccinations appointments at locations throughout the province.

If you have questions about COVID-19 vaccines, you can find many answers on the college’s vaccine frequently asked questions page. You are also welcome to schedule an appointment with a medical provider at the college to discuss your questions. Email or call 519-748-5220, ext. 3679 to book an appointment.